Film Production faculty are dedicated and successful working professionals in the entertainment industry.
Based out of Toronto and Los Angeles, Andrew Barnsley is a Canadian Screen Award winning Executive Producer (Best Comedy Series). Barnsley is currently the Executive Producer on CBC/PopTV/Netlix’s 52 x 1/2 hour series Schitt’s Creek starring Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara, the TMN/Movie Central documentary series Sports On Fire (Leo Award winner) and the TMN documentary feature Spirit Unforgettable. His 2017 development and production slate includes series with CTV, CBC, Family Channel and 20th Century Fox. He previously was the Executive Producer on CTV’s 26 x 1/2 hour sitcom Spun Out starring Dave Foley. Prior to joining Project 10, Barnsley was the Development Director/Producer at S&S Productions, an independent television production company based in Toronto that has produced such international hits as The Red Green Show, Jeff Ltd., History Bites, Sons of Butcher, and Listen Missy. Since 2001, Barnsley has produced television series across multiple genres including comedy, animation, puppetry, live-action, children’s, one-off documentaries, and a number of live concert specials.
In 2014, Barnsley was named The New Establishment by Playback Magazine
He is a member of the CMPA and the Television Academy (USA) and holds an MA in Communications and Culture from Ryerson and York Universities, a BAA from Ryerson University’s Radio and Television Arts Program, a BA from Carleton University (Film Studies) and a BEd from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Yale Massey is an award-winning producer, director, writer and cinematographer. Yale is also a partner of the film company Massey Bros. Films for which he co-wrote and directed a 6 part television series entitled Hart of the Annex. The series received critical acclaim in Canadian newspapers and magazines and earned a nomination for Best Television Series at the Rogers Impression Awards. Since then Yale has written, directed and produced five seasons (33 episodes) of the docu-series The Film Student (nominated for a Gemini award) and has directed and produced two documentaries. G-Way focused on issues facing at-risk youth and premiered at the Reel World Film Festival. HIV: A Nutrient Deficiency Disease outlined holistic solutions to HIV in Africa.
Yale’s work as a director and cinematographer has aired on television stations and premiered in film festivals worldwide including The Berlin Film Festival and The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Yale currently teaches writing, producing and directing at the Toronto Film School and is excited to be heading the film production program.
Pino started his career in the entertainment industry as a musician while still enrolled as a science major at York University. Upon graduating with an Honors Bachelor’s Degree in Physics, Pino combined a passion for music with a love of science and technology by enrolling in the Audio Engineering program at the Trebas Institute of Recording Arts and was awarded the Pierre Juneau Scholarship.
Thereafter, Pino worked as Lead Sound Engineer for Cherry Beach Studios and was a freelance music producer and engineer at studios throughout Toronto including Sony, CBC, Puck’s Farm Studio, Tsunami Entertainment, and Sound’s Interchange (now Technicolor). After having gained experience in the field, from 1997-2000 Pino returned to Trebas to teach Audio Engineering and Post-Production theory along with practical studio methods.
In 1998 Pino formed his first post-production company, ph Level Productions, with a mandate to provide professional sound recording, editorial, and mixing services for independent filmmakers – many of whom have grown within the industry and continue to work with Pino to this day.
In 2000, Pino joined the sound department of Deluxe Toronto to oversee the integration of Digital Workstations into their traditional analog film mixing stages. Together, the team launched some of Canada’s first premiere digital mixing theatres.
Pino holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and co-founded Post City Sound, a leading audio post-production facility whose credits include the worldwide hit series Little Mosque on the Prairie, the critically-acclaimed series Call Me Fitz – a Genie and Canadian Screen Award winner for Best Sound, the Genie Award-Winning series Durham County, and many other award-winning film and television titles.
Dusty Mancinelli is a Toronto-based writer, director and producer. His short films Soap (2009), Pathways (2011) and Broken Heart Syndrome (2012) have premiered at TIFF and screened at festivals across Canada and around the world. His work has also aired on the CBC and Air Canada. In 2013, Dusty’s Dexter spec script was a semi-finalist at the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. In 2014, his feature screenplay Little Kings was shortlisted for the Blacklist’s Martin Katz screenwriting fellowship and selected to participate in the National Screen Institute’s Features First program. In 2015, he was invited to attend the TIFF Talent Lab and the Reykjavík Talent Lab. Dusty is currently in post production on the bravoFACT short The Big Crunch and his most recent film, Winter Hymns, had its world premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival and won the Golden Egg Award at the Reykjavik International Film Festival, the Grand Jury Award at the Slamdance Film Festival, Best Short, Best Director and Best Cast at the Canadian Film Fest.
From 2007 until 2011, Dusty worked as an assistant to Academy Award nominated director Deepa Mehta. He was the stills photographer and director of the behind the scenes featurette for Mehta’s 2008 film, Heaven on Earth, and her feature film adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s novel Midnight’s Children. Dusty holds a BFA with Honours in Film Production from York University and was the recipient of the Helen Vari Film Award. He is currently represented by Harrison Management.
Darrel has been dedicated to the entertainment industry for over 35 years. His career began as a musician in the studio and music scene of 80s Minneapolis. His travels brought him to Toronto where he acquired an appreciation for the art and history of audio and chose to devote his career to Post Production, from sound design to final delivery. Today, Darrel embraces digital technology, while holding onto the purity and honesty of the audio art form. Darrel has been an instructor for over 15 years, and together with Rick Bennett’s team, helped build the Film Production program at Toronto Film School.
Paul de Silva is a Gemini award winning film and Television Producer/Director/Writer and Media and Arts and Culture Consultant. His career has spanned television broadcasting, independent film and television production, journalism, public education, and inter-cultural communications.
He is currently the Co-Director of the International Diaspora Film Festival based in Toronto, Canada and Executive Producer for A4 One Media Productions, a multi platform production company. He was formerly Vice President of Programming for Vision TV /One, The Body Mind and Spirit Channel and previously Vision TV’s Director of Independent Production and an Executive in charge of production at CBC Drama for the award winning series “Inside Stories”.
In the six years he was at Vision he was responsible for commissioning documentary, drama, and music programs both in Canada and internationally, focusing on multi-faith and multi-cultural issues, including the Gemini nominated comedy series Lord Have Mercy! and the Music/Documentary series “Soul Music”.
He was Project Director for Canada One TV, an application to the CRTC for a Independent Drama focused TV/Internet channel.
He is a former Human Rights Officer with the Ontario Human Rights Commission, a journalist with CBC News, and a Communications officer with the United Nations Environment Programme based in Nairobi, Kenya.
He is currently a PhD candidate in the York Ryerson Joint Programme in Communications and Culture and undertaking research in the area of the economics and cultural policies affecting screen based media in Canada.
With more than 15 years’ experience in the field of worldwide distribution and film production, Durham Region born and raised Michael Paszt is one of the most respected names in the area of independent film. Michael is responsible for driving film prospect discovery in global sales markets and international film festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, and Toronto International Film Festival to name a few.
Michael has acquired, developed and distributed over 400 feature films, including such titles as: Turbo Kid – directed by RKSS Collective, Academy Award nominee, Embrace of the Serpent – directed Ciro Guerra and WolfCop – directed by Lowell Dean.
Vince Chui is a Toronto based Illustrator who has been freelancing since 2006 to present. He has been illustrating for books, storyboards, games movies, and branding. Previously he had spent (2001-2006) time creating illustrations and concept artwork for various entertainment properties. While at Pseudo Interactive, he worked on Full Auto (xbox 360), Full Auto 2: Battlelines (Playstation 3) and Cel Damage (Xbox, PS2). He particularly enjoys character design and visual story-telling. He is currently teaching at George Brown College (since 2013) in the Video Game Design Program for 2D Digital arts, Drawing and Asset Development. Working with dedicated, enthusiastic students on a day to day basis is what drives Vince to share his skills with future video game developers. When he isn`t working, Vince is busy chasing after his young son or playing Ultimate Frisbee.
Vlad’s early short student film Dolphins Are Mammals (1997) won FIPRESCI special mention at Montreal World Film Festival 1997. After some years spent working as an editor for various TV productions, Vladimir completes his feature length film Devil’s Town (2009) which was premiered at Karlovy Vary IFF, Rotterdam IFF and wins Honorable mention at Palm Springs IFF and First Prize at Trieste Film Festival, along with FIPRESCI award at Athens Panorama of European Film.
Other achievements are TV movie Sisters (2011) on human trafficking and editing feature fiction Bitter Harvest (2001), that premiered in Venice IFF, official competition.
In 2012 after moving to Canada, Vladimir completes MFA in Film Production at York University.
Absence Is Present (2015) is his short master thesis film. It won Manulife Best Student Film Award by Toronto Film Critics Association, as well as Master Thesis York Award and being York’s official candidate for American Academy Award (Oscars) in category of student film.
Recently he was teaching Film Production and Sound Design at University of New Brunswick.
For Mark Valino, Video/Filmmaking is life. As Director, Producer, Editor, Videographer, he is the full production package in one. Mark Valino started shooting and editing films in high school with analog video. Learning the concepts of video/filmmaking in analog at a young age, he easily applied and grew with the progression of the Digital Media/Video Era.
Mark furthered his education and received his diploma for Film &Television Production at The Toronto Film Academy. “Presenting the Visual Representation of the Truth” is his mantra that motivates and inspires Mark Valino’s vision. He wants to show life on the screen as wondrous and spectacular as he sees it. He got his first television experience with Flip TV, Bpm TV and Entertainment Tonight Canada and quickly learned the inner workings of the overall broadcast/film industry from the inside from working 8 years at CTV/Much Music. Today Mark is working freelance producing/Directing/Videography/Editing Documentaries, Corporate, Music Videos, and all things video.
Mark Valino’s main mission as a music and art lover has provided him the drive to showcase his community’s art and culture the way he knows best. He continues to collaborate with many of Toronto’s talented artists. Mark has always prided himself on being a life long student to the art of video/filmmaking and visual storytelling and being able to understand/execute a project from concept to production to post production. Mark’s visual style is dynamic and intuitive and it continues to evolve everyday.
A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre, Jordan Walker founded Neophyte Productions in 2004 and has written and produced a wide range of award winning film, television and digital media content. His work has been shown internationally at prestigious festivals such as TIFF, Cannes and Slamdance and broadcast on networks such as the CBC, TMN, Movie Central and Bravo!.
Jordan’s produced four theatrical feature films, two of which he’s written, including “The Privileged” (2014) staring Sam Trammel (HBO’s True Blood) which is currently airing on TMN and Movie Central. In 2014, Jordan partnered with Cineapp to produce an innovative Interactive Mobile Television Series called “Voyeur” that received funding from the Canadian Media Fund’s Emerging Technology program and was released on Google Play on Halloween 2014.
Most recently, Jordan produced “How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town” (2015), written and directed by Jeremy LaLonde, which won Best Film at the Canadian Film Festival, Best Independent Film at The Edmonton Int’l Film Festival and had it’s US premier at Slamdance 2016. The film was released theatrically across the US and Canada and has already sold in 18 territories worldwide. In June 2016, Jordan finished production on a comedy called “The Go-Getters” and he’s packaging a big budget sci-fi comedy called “James The Time Travel Bitch” written by Jonas Chernick and Jeremy LaLonde that will go to camera fall 2016.
Rossie Kadiyska is an academic holding an M.Sc. and B.Ed from the University of Sofia, in Bulgaria, and an MBA and Masters in law (L.L.M) from Warwick University in the United Kingdom. She has served several years as a contract manager before turning her attention to teaching in 2003 at The International Academy of Design, Centennial College, Skills for Change, Toronto College of Technology, Humber College, and Yorkville University / Toronto Film School.
Jeffrey St. Jules is an established Canadian filmmaker and the only Canadian ever to have been selected for the Cannes Festival Residence where he developed his much lauded feature film debut, “Bang Bang Baby” starring Jane Levy, Justin Chatwin and Peter Stormare. “Bang Bang Baby” premiered at TIFF where it was awarded Best First Canadian Feature. It was also the winner of the Spirit Award for Independent Cinema at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and the award for outstanding debut feature at the Canadian Screen Awards.
His short films include “The Sadness of Johnson Joe”, which won him Best Emerging Filmmaker at the Worldwide Short Film Festival, “ The Tragic Story of Nling”, which was selected for the Sundance Film Festival and named the best short film of 2007 by Film Threat, and “Let the Daylight into the Swamp”, an experimental 3D documentary which was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award and won Best of the Festival at the Yorkton Film Festival. All three films had their premiere at TIFF.
Robert is a freelance graphic designer and has been so for over a decade. He has worked for corporate clients, production houses, design firms and charitable foundations. Robert has had the pleasure and opportunity to design, produce and manage projects; including short films, web and mobile interactive applications, social media campaigns, digital and print media, photography and video. After graduating from OCAD University in 2008, Rob has been constantly thrilled by interesting projects he has completed since going into business for himself.
Sonia Kappaya has been working in the film industry for over 6 years. Her projects include a feature film that premiered at the New York International Film Festival and won 3 awards including Best Actress, Best Film and the Audience Choice Award. The same film went on to other festivals and won awards there as well. Sonia has made 3 international feature films and has also produced numerous short films. Sonia spent time working in different areas of film making before joining the production department. She has worked on productions under the capacity of audio engineer, first assistant director, second assistant director, assistant camera and then finally production manager.
In 1999, Leah co-founded Neophyte Productions with her brother, Jordan Walker, to create original film and television. Leah co-wrote and directed the short films “The Knockout”, “The Acrobatic Sex Cult”, “The Onion”, “Independent Living and The Beauty Shoppe”. Three were funded by Bravo!FACT and received grants from the NFB and the Ontario Arts Council, and were subsequently broadcast nationwide. In 2006, Leah co-wrote and directed her first feature, The Third Eye, starring Tara Spencer-Nairn (“The Listener/Corner Gas”), Josh Close (“The Exorcism of Emily Rose”/”Person of Interest”) and Allan Hawco (“Republic of Doyle”/”Hyena Road”). In 2012, Leah co-wrote and directed The Privileged, a thriller starring Sam Trammell (“True Blood”) and Laura Harris (“Defying Gravity”, “Dead Like Me”). It was funded by Telefilm and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, and distributed by Boutique Films and 108 Media. Her films have screened at numerous film festivals including Montreal World, Raindance (UK), San Francisco Independent and Yorkton. Both features play regularly on television. Currently, Leah is working on a new draft of a feature film and developing a television series.
Derek is a sought after Editor for film and television having cut such shows as “Restaurant Takeover” (Food Network), “The Next Star” (YTV), “Apres Ski” (BRAVO) and “The Expanables” (HGTV). Derek co-wrote and edited the feature length documentary “The Slippers”, a documentary about the unbelievable world of the ruby slipper from “The Wizard of Oz”, which premiered at Hot Docs in 2016. Derek is currently working at the IMAX corporation in the editorial department. Derek is a graduate of Humber College, Post Production Diploma and before that attended Wilfrid Laurier University achieving an Honours BA in History/Film Studies.
Daniel Racicot is a veteran freelance motion picture editor. After graduating from Seneca College in 2006, Dan began editing music videos having edited for videos for some notable artists and directors.
After over 200 videos, including multiple award winning videos and nominations, Dan began furthered his career by cutting commercials and began editing a variety of large national campaigns.
In 2008 Dan worked along side Warren P. Sonoda editing “The Puck Hogs”, which would go on to a successful festival run and a stint on the movie network.
Many other short films and features have followed. Most recently television has become the focus and Dan has edited a number of series, most recently lead editing a brand new series, “Comedy Cab”.
Scott Purdy was born in Prince Edward Island, Canada, son of renowned artist Henry Purdy R.C.A., C.M. Scott, received a chemical engineering degree from U.P.E.I but followed his passion for sound and found himself in Toronto where he graduated recording engineering, and then landed a job at Eastern Sound Studios, home to some of Canada’s greatest musical talents.
After working with an impressive lineup of talent including Anne Murray, Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan and Honeymoon Suite (as an assistant engineer) Scott changed studios and started working at The Filmhouse (presently named Deluxe). It didn’t take very long for him to be fascinated and hooked by the passion of filmmaking and the challenge of film post-production audio. The studio experience Scott had gained earlier saw him quickly rise to the position of re-recording mixer.
In 2000 Scott started his own company Sign Post Sound Inc. with the intention of being able to bring a more personal, unique and passionate approach to post sound for film and television. In his 31+ year career he has been a part of 100+ feature films, 500+ television shows and dozens of multi-media projects. Scott’s list of awards are impressive and include 3 national awards including 1 Genie for Overall Sound for “Lilies” and 2 Gemini’s for Best Sound as well as multiple other nominations nationally and internationally.
James Dunnison is an award-winning director, writer, and producer of film and television. His feature debut Stuff enjoyed international critical acclaim, including from the Los Angeles Times (“Consistently inspired and hilarious”), the Montreal Gazette (“This film is to Canadian cinema what punk is to rock ‘n’ roll”) and the Globe and Mail (“Buzz film of the year… Laugh out loud funny, sweet and inventive”).
Dunnison also directed the TV pilot and 6 additional episodes of Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, 14 episodes of HBO Canada’s critical darling Less Than Kind and 8 episodes of the SyFy/Space series Bitten. Among his other TV credits are episodes of The Listener, Lost Girl, Seed, Arctic Air, Blood Ties, Whistler, Godiva’s and Robson Arms. He has won and been nominated for numerous awards for directing both drama and comedy including 4 Director’s Guild of Canada awards, 3 Canadian Screen Awards (Gemini) for Best Direction and with assistance from the Harold Greenberg Fund – has written a screen adaptation of Susin Nielsen’s best-selling novel The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, which won the 2012 Governor General’s Award for Literature.
Vivian Lin is a Toronto director, producer and writer. In 2015, she was awarded Telefilm’s New Voices Award; her comedic half-hour television pilot 100 Blackouts won Bronze in the Page Screenplay Competition and Top 10 Finalist in Final Draft’s Screenplay Competition.
Her short film And They Watched was an Official Selection of Sitges Film Festival, Holly Shorts, and more. It is part of the film anthology Fun Size Horror: Volume 2, which opened theatrically and is available on Hulu. Her previous directing credits include Four Walls starring Nina Dobrev (Vampire Diaries).
She was previously director of development and business affairs with Sarrazin Couture Entertainment, where she associate produced the pilot Stay with Me, a $2.8 million drama for CTV. With SCE, she is currently co-producing the feature film Four One Nine, based on the Giller Prize-winning novel, directed by Jeremy Podeswa (Game of Thrones), executive produced by Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa of Killer Films (Carol). She has 15 years of production experience; credits include Meet the Family for CityTV as location manager/production coordinator/script coordinator.
Vivian is a graduate of Second City Improvisation and writing, Comedy Bar’s Episodic Writing Room program with Anne Fenn, Michael Kennedy’s Directing Workshop (with a focus on comedy), and Judith Weston’s prestigious Directing Actors workshop. She has her Certificate of Entertainment Law from Osgoode Hall Law School, post-graduate diploma from Sheridan Advanced Film and Television and she was a 2016 participant of the Bell Media/Writers Guild of Canada’s Diverse Screenwriters Program. In 2015 she also opened Midnight Print Studios, a boutique soundstage with postproduction facilities.
Andrew is a Writer and Director for film and television, based in Toronto, Canada. He is a graduate of the Vancouver Film School, with a diploma in screenwriting. His short films, Lovebites and Word, have toured international film festivals and been distributed worldwide. He has directed spots for TELUS and Coca-Cola. His digital series, Millions, received acclaim from online critics internationally, including Tubefilter, and toured film festivals in New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Toronto, and won him Best Director at the 2013 Marseille Web Fest in France. His latest short film, Sleepwalk, is about a woman who sleepwalks, and her husband who must take care of her, despite their failing marriage.
Richard Fung is a Producer, Actor and Cinematographer known for Bramula (2011), First Ink (2009) and Calvin Clarington (2008). Richard studied at Humber College where he graduated with honours in 2008. Since then Richard has won many awards as a filmmaker that include: 2nd Place in the Fall 2008 24 hour Film Challenge in Toronto for Monster Face, Top 3 Distinguished Documentary for My Universe and Winner for Best Broadcast at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival in the Real Ideas Studio program for The Art of Pitching, and most recently he was the Grand Jury Prize winner at the 2009 Slamdance Film Festival for the Real Ideas Studio program for Lies on the Prize. Richard continues to create films on his own and as a freelancer in Toronto.
Randall Okita is a Canadian artist and filmmaker whose work employs sculpture, technology, physically challenging performances, stunt-work, and rich cinematography. His work has been shown in both group and solo exhibition, awarded internationally, and screened at festivals around the world. Randall exhibited “Be Here Now”, a large-scale interactive installation, at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Midnight Massive event, prior to which it was part of Things I Can’t Tell You, a solo exhibition of original artworks, commissioned by The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival where Randall received the Canadian Artist Spotlight Award. Randall’s feature film, The Lockpicker (2016), was created through a unique partnership with a Toronto high school, and made with the support of Telefilm Canada, The Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and a Technicolour Post-Production Grant awarded by TIFF Director Piers Handling. The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer (2014), a spellbinding blend of live action, high-speed camera work and digital animation was produced by the National Film Board of Canada and was awarded Best Canadian Short Film at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, Prix Format Court at 2014 Festival du Nouveau Cinema, and Best Experimental Film at both 2015 L.A. Shorts Fest and 2015 N.Y. Shorts Fest.
Vince Moskowec is a Canadian Production Designer from Guelph, Ontario. A published and award-winning artist who studied at the University of Manitoba, he adventured into the film industry in the year 2002. Since bridging his artwork with his appreciation of film, he has become known for his work on One Drop (2016), Bite (2015), The Drownsman (2014), In the House of Flies (2012), as well as Canadian television series Dragon’s Den (2005) and Monster Warriors (2006) to name a few. His work as a professional ceramic sculptor and painter makes him a unique candidate for set building and creative prop design.
As an artist, Vince Moskowec took part in the construction of sculptures for the Toronto Metro Zoo, Casino Rama, Casino Niagara and recently was employed by Google for 14 sculptures.
Michaelangelo started as a marketing coordinator for an independent film company just as consumers of at home movie viewing turned their attention away from DVDs and to online platforms. His creative background paired with his knowledge and experience of doing business in this new era of digital content consumption has fuelled and informed all his productions and now helps him manage the complete picture at Raven Banner Entertainment a film distribution company responsible for Wyrmwood (2014), Borealis (2015), Turbo Kid (2015) and Todd and the Book of Pure Evil: The End of the End (2016) to name a short handful. In his position at Raven Banner, Michaelangelo has had the opportunity to represent the Canadian distribution market in such places as Berlin, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Cannes. In 2014 as a co-founding member, he saw the launch of TOM* (Toronto Men’s Fashion Week) grow to be an international sensation garnering $25 million media valuation and now launching TW (Toronto Women’s Fashion Week) in March 2017.
James began his career in film working as a Hollywood stuntman and stunt coordinator for 12 years with credits that include Pacific Rim (2013), The Mummy 3 (2008), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) and Robocop (2014) to name a few. Later James transitioned to producing and directing after releasing the hit viral video “Jedi Ninjas” which received over 3,000,000 views online. Since then James has directed and produced 3 feature length films including Meza which is due for release in 2017, two major web-series and over 10 short films.
Ash Catherwood, an actor and creator, has been hard at work on both sides of the camera for over a decade. As an advocate for the importance of actors to take the reigns on their own careers, he’s created/starred in several multimillion viewed webseries (Microwave Porn) and recently produced/starred in a feature film (Synchronicity- in post production), and a short film (A Teachable Moment) featured in Tribeca film festival, and repped by Telefilm at Cannes.
He was a co-founder of the IWCC, an organization dedicated to digital story creation in Canada, and sat as it’s president for several years.
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